6. Feasibility Study for Improvement of Inter State Road of Economic and Social Importance between Thiruvananthapuram-Thirunelveli via Kattakkada and Ambasamudram
Date of Start

June 2005
National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC),
Thiruvananthapuram (R)


Scope and Objectives

To assess the traffic potential and prepare an Economic Feasibility Report for development of a new inter state road between Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala and Thirunelveli, an important commercial city in Tamil Nadu.

Interim Conclusions
The opening up of new direct route though does not add any distance advantage as compared to the existing route, it is expected to boost the economic development of the hinterland areas. The following major conclusions were drawn as a result of the study.

• Two alternative links ie, i) via Kattakada and ii) via Nedumangad were considered for the analysis. For the economic analysis of Phase 1 the nominal traffic that is likely to be generated from the immediate influence area alone is considered. It is estimated that over 300 cars and 200 trucks will be using the phase 1 road immediately at 2006 level. The traffic originating and terminating in the influence area of Ambasamudram and Nedumagad towns will get an average distance advantage of 60 km as compared to the existing route. Other traffic such as buses, two wheelers are not considered for the analysis.

• The vehicles are expected to grow at the rate of 6 to 8 percent per annum in the proposed road. • Preliminary cost of development like for the first alternative link via Kattakada will be Rs 99.73 lakhs/km and the same for the second link, via Nedumangad will be Rs. 102.27 lakhs/km

• The project yields an attractive economic internal rate of return of above 20 percent and hence economically feasible.